Cover: On Kissing, Tickling, and Being Bored: Psychoanalytic Essays on the Unexamined Life, from Harvard University PressCover: On Kissing, Tickling, and Being Bored in PAPERBACK

On Kissing, Tickling, and Being Bored

Psychoanalytic Essays on the Unexamined Life

Add to Cart

Product Details

PAPERBACK

$29.50 • £23.95 • €26.50

ISBN 9780674634633

Publication Date: 07/15/1998

Academic Trade

160 pages

6 x 9 inches

World

In a style that is writerly and audacious, Adam Phillips takes up a variety of seemingly ordinary subjects under-investigated by psychoanalysis—kissing, worrying, risk, solitude, composure, even farting as it relates to worrying.

He argues that psychoanalysis began as a virtuoso improvisation within the science of medicine, but that virtuosity has given way to the dream of science that only the examined life is worth living. Phillips goes on to show how the drive to omniscience has been unfortunate both for psychoanalysis and for life. He reveals how much one’s psychic health depends on establishing a realm of life that successfully resists examination.

From Our Blog

Jacket: Out of My Skull: The Psychology of Boredom, by James Danckert and John D. Eastwood, from Harvard University Press

Responding to Boredom during Self-Isolation

No one likes to be bored, but it’s almost inevitable during this time of social distancing and self-quaratine. John D. Eastwood, coauthor of Out of My Skull: The Psychology of Boredom, explains some things that we know about boredom, how to address it—and even what we can gain from it. We have been here before. During the SARS outbreak of 2003, upwards of 23,000 people in the Greater Toronto Area were quarantined. House

‘manifold glories of classical Greek and Latin’

The digital Loeb Classical Library (loebclassics.com) extends the founding mission of James Loeb with an interconnected, fully searchable, perpetually growing virtual library of all that is important in Greek and Latin literature.